local Careers

Yates County is the perfect location to build your career offering a multitude of employment and entrepreneurship opportunities across multiple sectors, leading the Finger Lakes nine-county region in total job growth, manufacturing job growth (29 percent), and tourism revenue per capita, since 2000. Manufacturing, health care, agriculture, tourism and hospitality, and public and higher education are the fastest growing sectors in Yates County. 

Immense natural beauty, affordable cost of living, and access to multiple airports make it an appealing locale for an increasing telecommuter population as well.

Professional Career Opportunities

  • With one of the fastest-growing manufacturing bases in New York, Yates County offers careers in high-tech manufacturing including engineering, machinists, assemblers, and more.

  • Yates is also home to national leading health care organizations with careers ranging from on-the-floor nursing and physician roles to social work to advocacy and everything in between.

  • There are 33 colleges and universities representing 187,000 students surrounding Yates County. Keuka College is located on Keuka Lake, right in Yates County and numerous world-class universities, including Cornell University, Syracuse University, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Eastman School of Music and University of Rochester, are all within one hour’s drive.

Working Remotely

This is an exciting time to settle in Yates County, as people across a variety of professions and experiences are choosing to call Yates home, resulting in a veritable creative collision.

If you’ve ever heard the phrase “live where you vacation,” you won’t be surprised that visitors who fall in love with Yates County end up moving here. Yates County is home to a rapidly increasing telecommuter population.

Offering a balanced lifestyle of a unique blend of world-class destination amenities and four seasons of activities with a low cost of living and charming small towns, Yates County is establishing itself as a central hub for telecommuters and remote workers. Many private shops and public spaces offer free WiFi, and dedicated co-working spaces are becoming more popular.

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Writing and Farming

Italy, New York

I used to live in North Carolina, and I negotiated with my boss to let me work remotely so I could move to the Finger Lakes. My now-husband and I settled in Yates County because we wanted a house with affordable farmable acreage in a good school district — and we were charmed by the idea of living in wine country. We love showing off the area when friends and family come to visit.
— Rachel Dorrell, remote editor and farmer, Italy, New York
TELE-MEDICINE CAREERS AT FINGER LAKES COMMUNITY HEALTH  PHOTO COURTESY OF FINGER LAKES COMMUNITY HEALTH

TELE-MEDICINE CAREERS AT FINGER LAKES COMMUNITY HEALTH

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aDVANCED MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY  pHOTO COURTESY OF aBTEX CORPORATION

aDVANCED MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY

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craft beverage industry at Abandon brewery - Penn Yan, New York

craft beverage industry at Abandon brewery - Penn Yan, New York

working remotely at amity coffee co - Penn Yan, New York   Photo COURTESY of lyndsi photography

working remotely at amity coffee co - Penn Yan, New York

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